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“Global action needed to save the world’s barrier reefs,” says UNESCO

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019. 12:55 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for all countries to do their part to combat climate change to help save the world’s remaining barrier reefs.

UNESCO made the call at a side event of the meeting of the World Heritage Committee, which was held in Baku from July 1- 10. At the side meeting held on July 5, UNESCO and its partners met to discuss the initiative launched in October 2018 to strengthen coral reef adaptation to climate change.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said that the condition of the coral reef is a major witness to climate change.

“The health of our planet and the future of our humanity can be seen today in the poor condition of these reefs,” Azoulay said. “Swift action is needed to reverse the trend and limit the rise in
temperatures. Such action can only be undertaken on a global scale, and UNESCO presents the most appropriate platform to accelerate this effort.”

The goal of the 2018 initiative was to establish an effective strategy for climate change resilience in five coral reefs inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Those are the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau), the Lagoons of New Caledonia (France), Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize), the Ningaloo Coast, and the Great Barrier Reef (Australia).


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